Costa neoClassica to Leave Costa Cruises' Fleet in March 2018

August 3, 2017
Costa Cruises' Costa neoClassica

(10:50 a.m. BST) -- Costa Cruises has announced its oldest ship, the 1,302-passenger 26-year-old Costa neoClassica, will mark its final sailing for the line on March 3, 2018, with a seven-night India and Maldives voyage that ends in Male.

It is unclear what will happen to Costa neoClassica -- whether it has been sold to another line or for scrap.

The Italian cruise line will introduce four brand-new vessels to the market from 2019, as revealed in 2015. Though Costa is yet to release further details on these ships.

The 1,248-passenger Costa neoRiviera will take over neoClassica's summer 2018 Mediterranean sailings, offering seven-night itineraries to the Greek Islands, with Bari, Italy, as one of its homeports.

The line has also revealed that its 1,928-passenger Costa Victoria -- which has operated sailings in China since 2012 -- will relocate to Europe to offer seven-night Western Mediterranean sailings from March 30.

The ship will undergo a dry dock at the Chantier Naval de Marseille shipyard in France before resuming sailings.

In a statement, the line said: "The decision regarding Costa Victoria has been taken to maintain the offer in a highly popular region of the Mediterranean unchanged."

Costa revealed that passengers booked on Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoClassica for next summer have been informed of the changes.

The line added: "Awaiting the arrival of four new ships starting from 2019, which will permit Costa Cruises to grow further in Europe and Asia (two ships are for the Costa Cruises market and two for Costa Asia), the Italian company has accelerated the renewal of its fleet, formalizing the transfer of Costa neoClassica, one of its longest-serving ships."

--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.